President Trump asks national security advisor John Bolton for resignation

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

President Donald Trump said Tuesday via Twitter that he had fired national security adviser John Bolton and will name a replacement next week.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night that his services were no longer needed at the White House.

The news comes after Trump planned on meeting with the Taliban, which was ultimately canceled after Bolton and others protested, in an attempt to secure a peace deal in Afghanistan.

"I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning".

Trump also suggested Bolton, known for his hawkish views, had also had disagreements with others in the administration.

Mr. Bolton responded in a tweet of his own that he offered to resign on Monday "and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow'".

Mr Bolton was Mr Trump's third national security adviser after Michael Flynn and HR McMaster.

Trump's tweets came roughly an hour after the White House press office sent out a message announcing that Bolton would join Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a joint briefing.

His dismissal comes a day after Trump announced that peace talks with the Taliban were "dead" following a vehicle bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which 12 people, including a USA soldier, were killed.

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